Empress Of: “Realize You”
Brooklyn singer Empress Of has been earning a lot of attention and praise in the indie pop world this year thanks to a string of singles and her Systems EP. Poised to break even bigger next year, the singer has recently offered up a new single that shows she has what it takes. Where her previous singles have been more on the indie side of things, “Realize You” finds Empress Of going for a dancier electro-pop not unlike CHVRCHES or Robyn. But she retains her usual cool and restrained vocals that keep the track from sounding like it’s trying too hard to be “mainstream.”
Here’s a quick mix I made of all the crap I’ve been listening to lately (because I didn’t feel like writing about each one individually). Usually I try to create mixes that have a cohesive sound, but this one is just a hodgepodge assortment of random tracks. Oh well.
- Moskitoo “Trajectory” This is just to avoid the copyright bots. I didn’t like her album that much.
- Trentemoller “Come Undone (feat. Kazu Makino)” Great song, decent album, etc.
- Pazes “Sleeping Doll” Already wrote about them
- Larry Gus “Pericles” Love this album; very odd and inventive. Awesome.
- 65daysofstatic “Prisms” This band is consistently good almost to the point of boredom, but Wild Light is a tad better than usual.
- Jessy Lanza “Strange Emotion” I didn’t like this album as much as I wanted to, but this track is the best on the album.
Technically this isn’t new. It’s been on my computer for months and I didn’t get around to listening to it until recently. I’m surprised by how much I love it. I mean I really love it. It has a nostalgic late ’90s feel to it that I find surprisingly refreshing. With so many electronic bands rehashing that throwback ’80s electro sound lately, it’s kind of surprisingly that there’s not that many artists out there being inspired by the ’90s. (I’m personally getting tired of the ’80s-throwback sound. I mean, if you got Bruno Mars doing it, I think it’s time to call it a wrap.)
Other crap I’ve been listening to (or about to listening to):
- Sun Araw - Two From The Desert Yucca Valley 2012  [Live album]
- Moskitoo - Mitosis
- White Poppy - White Poppy
- John Wizards - John Wizards
- Jessy Lanza - Pull My Hair Back
- Dent May - Warm Blanket
- Jel - Late Pass
- Porcelain Raft - Permanent Signal
- Emily Wells - Mama Acoustic Recordings
- London Grammar - If You Wait
- Ahnnu - World Music
- Larry Gus - Years Not Living
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I forgot what number I was on, but I finished Attack on Titan and started on Watamote (above). As far as movies go, I kinda lapsed back into documentaries (The Central Park Five is now on Netflix; you should watch it!), but the few movies I did watch include a couple of indies on Netflix that I can’t remember…and Pacific Rim (B-).
183 film challenge
I’ve been embarrassingly behind on music for the past month, so I’ve been trying to play catch up. I stumbled across this album yesterday via Boomkat and have been listening to this song on repeat pretty much all day today. Katie Gately is a music student from L.A. who experiments with sound/technology. On first listen her self-titled debut EP sounds just like the experimental science project it obviously is, but track “Dead Referee” shows potential.
I noticed this trend with experimental musicians who burst into the scene with one awesome track in their arsenal (for Oneohtrix Point Never it was "Returnal," for Holly Herndon it was “Fade”) and then slink around, marinating in their success with a catalog of murky, esoteric music. I guess I’m just picky. I hate noise for noise’s sake, experimentation for experimentation’s sake. I appreciate people like Emeralds or Tim Hecker who can shake you by the bones, force you to listen to music differently, and not just fart in your ear. And, weirdly enough, Gately manages to walk that fine line in a way that I find interesting.
I still have a whole crop of other albums to get through, so I’m sure I’ll have something more normal to post later this week.
Take Nicki Minaj. Because she’s on the radio people say, ‘Oh yeah, this is music, duh!’, but for me she’s incredible – even beyond music. I find her weird to the point where it makes me think about my own position. What exactly am I part of as a ‘weird musician’? This middling, insecure, avant-garde sect of the music industry that’s scared of everything else and is super quick to judge? The way we characterize weirdness is flawed.
Daniel Lopatin aka Oneohtrix Point Never in an interview with Dazed.
Is Nicki Minaj that weird though?
Oneohtrix Point Never
#his hatred of walt gives me life omfg
Dean Norris sounds like an idiot to me. Breaking Bad was never about drawing these broad lines between what’s considered “good” and “evil.” The fact that Walt could do so many horrible things and still remain this complex, sympathetic figure is a testament to how good the writing is. Fans are doing themselves a disservice by trying to oversimplify the show to such extreme degrees. You don’t have to “like” a character to sympathize with them.
(Source: endiness, via gingerhaze)
It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time. The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent. The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently.
Pope Francis • Saying that the Catholic Church needs to take a step back from thorny political issues like abortion, gay marriage and contraception. “We have to find a new balance,” he continued, “otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel.” Whoa, who replaced the Pope with a reasonable human being?! (via shortformblog)
Indie music website Boomkat described this album as “swaggering songs for serial killers,” and to be honest, I can’t think of a more apt description. If Tarantino wasn’t too busy appropriating blaxploitation films (I kid, I kid), I can totally see “Nightshade” sitting proudly on one of his soundtracks. The LA duo have that perfect blend of retro California rock and vampish, Western swag. I was surprised at how much I loved their debut Nightshade, a short but nice introductory album with plenty of that lazy sass one might expect from a band like Dva Damas. They’re currently touring with Tropic of Cancer in Europe, but you can pick up both Nightshade and their 10″ from Boomkat.
(via The Absolute)
When I learned the new Ghost in the Shell will have opening and closing music by Cornelius and Salyu (who’s probably best known for being the voice behind “Lily Chou-Chou” in the film All About Lily Chou-Chou) I was ecstatic. But after listening to both tracks, I can’t help but feel a little let down. Neither track reaches that level of epic-ness one usually expects from a Ghost in the Shell soundtrack. In fact, it even sounds a little too…cheery? When I think of Ghost in the Shell I think of songs like this or songs like this. But…eh. It’s all right, I guess.
salyu x salyu
ghost in the shell
ghost in the shell arise